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Calvary Women's Services

A safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow

Every five days a woman who was homeless moves from Calvary into her own home. Your support provides the safe home, education and support that make it possible.

Why should I support your work?

Homelessness in DC continues to be a prominent issue, and more women need access to safe housing and services. Your investment will ensure that Calvary Women’s Services can continue to offer the same effective, high-quality programs that we have for nearly 30 years. 

 

A gift to Calvary is an investment in women’s futures. One night of safe housing, nutritious meals and comprehensive services for one woman costs only $50. Your support will make a significant difference in the lives of the women at Calvary.

Why does your charity exist?

Calvary Women’s Services is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that provides housing and life-changing support services to homeless women in Washington, DC. Through these programs and services, Calvary carries out its mission to achieve “excellence in what we offer –a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow.”

 

In addition to meeting women’s basic needs by providing safe housing, meals and other amenities, all women in our programs have access to support services and activities that empower them to regain their health, build practical new skills, achieve financial independence and move into their own homes. Our services that empower women to move out of homelessness include:

  • One-on-one support from case managers
  • Addiction recovery support
  • Therapy and mental health services
  • Life skills and health education programs
  • Financial literacy education
  • Job placement services
  • Nutritious meals and healthy cooking classes
  • Connections to partner agencies for other services
     

Our small, intimate environment allows us to meet each woman as an individual, support her as she works to overcome her challenges, and empower her to take control of her own life.

What specifically do you do?

Calvary Women’s Services offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives. These programs include transitional and permanent housing, personalized case management, life skills and education opportunities, job training, health and wellness services, on-site therapy and daily addiction recovery meetings.

How will this make a difference?

The state of homelessness in Washington, DC is critical. Calvary Women’s Services reaches women who are most likely to be trapped in cycles of poverty and homelessness, women who have experienced domestic violence, are struggling with substance addiction and are living with mental illness. Over the last five years, Washington, DC has seen a significant decrease in chronic homelessness, thanks to organizations like Calvary Women’s Services that are providing the personalized, holistic support that people need to make positive, lasting changes in their lives.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

Calvary Women’s Services provides personalized care and support for a group of individuals in DC that frequently is overlooked and in greater need of resources – adult women who are experiencing homelessness. Calvary’s programs are unique. We intentionally keep our programs low-barrier so that we may serve all women in need of our services.

What have you accomplished?

The accomplishments of the women at Calvary are significant. Women achieve educational goals like earning their GEDs; they start treatment for mental illnesses; get sober; learn new skills like cooking and financial management, and more.

 

As an organization, Calvary Women’s Services’ notable achievements over the past year include:

  • 70% of women moved to permanent housing
  • 85% of women maintained their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction
  • More than 500 psychotherapy sessions were provided to women by a licensed therapist
  • 60% of women who participated in Calvary’s Step Up DC job placement program secured part-time or full-time employment
  • Calvary’s family of 450 volunteers contributed over 6,000 hours leading classes, providing overnight support and supervision, and preparing and serving meals
How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

Calvary Women's Services has been a part of the Washington, DC community since 1983. During that time we have consistently used strategic planning, annual financial audits and program evaluations to ensure the quality of our programs and expand our services to meet growing needs in the community. Calvary’s active and involved board of directors oversee our financial and programmatic activities, ensuring excellence in our services while continuing the development and growth of programs.

 

We work to keep overhead costs for the organization – including management and fundraising – low. This is possible in part because of our strong volunteer program. Through Calvary’s effective use of volunteers, thousands of hours of service are donated each year.

 

Calvary has been recognized for nonprofit excellence by Charity Navigator, The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Junior League of Washington, The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and other distinguished organizations.